Stephen Koranda

Stephen Koranda is the Statehouse Bureau Chief for Kansas Public Radio.

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Government
10:05 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Bill Would Limit Collective Bargaining for Teachers

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback unveiled his new public school funding proposal Wednesday.
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A bill in the Kansas House would limit the bargaining rights of teachers in the state. Supporters of the measure want administrators to have more flexibility to hire, fire and assign teachers.

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Headlines
8:22 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: January 28, 2013

The CEO of General Motors will announce details of a major expansion at its Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas City, Kan. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is slated address education, mental health, and Medicaid in his State of the State address this evening. City leaders in Kansas City will host several public meetings this week, aimed at strengthening arts and culture in the region.

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Government
9:07 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Union Paycheck Deduction Bill Headed to Full House

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A Kansas House committee has passed a bill that would stop public unions from making automatic paycheck deductions used for political advocacy. Currently, union members can agree to deductions from their paychecks that are used for political purposes.

The bill  brought up heated debate in the House Commerce Committee. Opponents of the bill say it takes away an option for public employees to make political contributions.

Annie Tietze is a Topeka Democrat.

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Government
9:11 am
Wed January 23, 2013

More Than 1,000 Gather For Anti-Abortion Rally

More than 1,000 anti-abortion advocates gathered at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka to mark the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal in the country.

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Government
9:27 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Some Lawmakers May Pursue More Budget Cuts

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has proposed more income tax cuts in Kansas over the coming years. And to help pay for that, he wants to make permanent part of a temporary sales tax increase that is set to expire later this year. He's also suggested eliminating some tax deductions, like the home mortgage deduction.

There is now a conservative majority in both the House and Senate, and some lawmakers may try to find additional cuts to state spending instead of using the sales tax and tax deductions to help pay for an income tax cut.

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Government
9:26 am
Wed January 2, 2013

More Tax Changes May Be Afoot In Kansas

The Kansas Statehouse.
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A large tax overhaul takes effect in Kansas now that the New Year has begun, but it may not remain as-is for long.

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Kansas Government
4:38 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Brownback Hopeful For Wind Energy Tax Credit Extension

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A wind energy tax credit is set to expire at the end of this year, but Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is still holding out hope that lawmakers in Washington will extend the credit.

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Government
10:53 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Kansas May Be Unrepresented On Ag Committee

Congressman Tim Huelskamp lost his seat on the Ag Committee last week.
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Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins says it may not be easy to get a Kansan back on the House Agriculture Committee

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Health
3:29 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Feds Approve Kansas Medicaid Overhaul

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Governor Sam Brownback's administration has been working on a plan to make sweeping changes to Medicaid in Kansas.

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Government
11:10 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Wind Energy Could Fall Off Fiscal Cliff

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U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo says the fate of a wind energy tax credit could be tied to the so-called fiscal cliff negotiations.

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Government
11:02 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Campaign Staffers Look Back on 2012 Presidential Election

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Political strategists, journalists and presidential campaign staff are on the University of Kansas campus to reflect on the 2012 election. Campaign staff for both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama talked about the race during a roundtable discussion at the Dole Institute of Politics.

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Government
10:23 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Juvenile Justice Official Says Topeka Facility Improving

The Juvenile Correctional Facility in Topeka

Changes are being made at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex in Topeka, according to the head of Kansas's juvenile corrections systems.

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Government
10:21 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Brownback Believes US Will Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback

If lawmakers in Washington don't reach a budget agreement soon, a series of automatic spending cuts and tax increases will take effect. 

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Government
9:54 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Feds Recognize Kansas Office For Excellence

A Kansas office that handles Social Security applications is being recognized by the federal government.

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Agriculture
9:28 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Kansas Harvests Strong Christmas Tree Crop

Christmas tree.
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There will still by many Kansas-grown Christmas trees for sale this year, despite the drought conditions in the state.

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Health
10:24 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Veterans Affairs Partners With KU Telemedicine

The federal government and the University of Kansas are partnering to make it easier for veterans to receive health care.

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Health
3:09 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Telemedicine Initiative Reaches Out To Kansas Veterans

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The federal government and the University of Kansas are partnering to make it easier for veterans to receive health care.

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Headlines
8:38 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Kansas Democrats Unveil 'Buy American' Proposal

Democratic leaders from the Kansas Legislature have laid out a proposal that they say will create jobs. The lawmakers unveiled the plan during a series of stops in union halls across Kansas.

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Government
6:34 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Jenkins Holds Big Money Advantage Over Schlingensiepen

Schlingensiepen (left) and Jenkins during a recent debate in Lawrence.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

The Republican incumbent candidate in Kansas' 2nd Congressional District continues to hold a big fundraising advantage over her Democratic challenger.

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Education
8:44 am
Thu October 18, 2012

ACT Scores Will Not Be Included In Kansas Report Card

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The Kansas Board of Education voted not to include ACT test scores used in three districts in the state's official report card provided to the federal government.

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Government
9:56 am
Wed October 17, 2012

New Kansas Driver's License Harder To Fake

Dean Reynoldson from the Kansas Department of Revenue shows one of the hidden images visible under ultraviolet light.
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When you think of a fake ID, you might at first think of kids trying to buy beer.

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Government
7:36 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Tuesday Is Kan. Deadline To Register To Vote In November

A voter in Topeka enters a polling place during a recent special election.
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A deadline is looming to register to vote in Kansas time for the fall election. The cutoff in Kansas is Tuesday, October 16th.

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The DMV
3:44 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

New Group To Look For Ways To Improve DMV Service

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is creating a task force to look for ways to improve the DMV system in Kansas.

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Government
9:33 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Lawsuit Trying To Remove President Obama From Ballot Delayed

Christopher Dilts Obama for America

A judge has delayed a lawsuit aimed at taking President Barack Obama off the election ballot. A California attorney had filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Kansas man, arguing that Obama isn't eligible to be president.

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Government
9:40 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Kansas Again Applies For Federal Arts Funds

In 2011, Kansas made headlines by eliminating all public funding for the arts. That meant the state no longer qualified for federal matching grants of more than $1 million.

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Government
3:33 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Kobach Predicts 18 Percent Voter Turnout In Primary Elections

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is predicting 18 percent of registered voters will cast a ballot in the state's primary elections next week.

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Drought
3:45 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Army Corps Of Engineers To Halt Some Water Releases From Kan. Reservoirs

The Army Corps of Engineers will stop releasing water from Kansas reservoirs in August to conserve water in case drought conditions persist.
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will halt some water releases from three Kansas reservoirs next month. 

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Kansas Statehouse
3:46 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Brownback Touts State's Fiscal Health

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback touted the state's fiscal health Wednesday during a press briefing at the statehouse.

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Health
3:47 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Brownback's Administration Awards Medicaid Contracts

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback
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Governor Sam Brownback's administration today awarded contracts to three companies that will manage parts of the state's new Medicaid program, called KanCare.

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Firefighting
3:53 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Kansas Soldiers Make Progress In Colorado Fire Fight

The High Park Fire in Colorado.
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It's slow going, but Kansas soldiers are making progress in a fight against wildfires in Colorado. The nine-soldier crew is using a helicopter to dump water on the blaze.

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